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Institute of Technology Management

Bridging Digital and Physical World - Chair of Operations Management

Sister Chair to Chair of Information Management at ETH Zürich

This chair of Technology Management at the Institute of Technology Management at the University of St. Gallen is a sister-chair to the Chair of Information Management at D-MTEC at ETH Zürich. Prof. Elgar Fleisch, who has a double appointment at both universities as a full professor, splits his time equally among Zürich and St. Gallen. Both chairs share the same research interest, misson, Labs and Focus Areas.

 Team Fleisch 2014

Most Team Members as of December 2014

Research Interest

With the ongoing miniaturization of information technology a new phenomenon is emerging; mini-computers are no longer isolated hardware objects such as personal computers, laptops, or mobile phones. Rather, mini-computers have become an inseparable part of many physical objects and locations. Former purely physical systems are thus expanding to Cyber-Physical Systems, or in other terms, to the Internet of Things, leading to a seamless combination of digital and physical system features.


The purpose of the research of Elgar Fleisch and his team is (a) to understand this ongoing merge of the digital and physical world in the dimensions of technology, applications, and implications, and (b) to leverage this understanding in the design of new technologies and applications for the benefit of the economy and society.

Labs and Focus Areas

The group organizes its research in Labs that span across ETH Zürich, University St. Gallen, other academic institutions, and research partners from industry. For a list of Labs, Focus Areas and other research oriented information please visit the research section.

Further information

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In 2014 research ranking of the most influential economists Prof. Oliver Gassmann is listed in the top 10, Frankf. Allgemeine Zeitung.


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Institute of Technology Management
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